Marie Bashkirtseff's Life in Self-portraits (1858-1884): Woman as Artist in Nineteenth Century France (Studies in Art History S. v. 12)

Marie Bashkirtseff's Life in Self-portraits (1858-1884): Woman as Artist in Nineteenth Century France (Studies in Art History S. v. 12)

By: Louly Peacock Konz (author)Hardback

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This scholarly monograph on the Ukranian-born Russian diarist, artist, and sculptor Marie Bashkirtseff (1858-1884) makes an important contribution to a better understanding of the life and art of this important figure as well as to the general fields of art history, social history, and also women's studies through its depiction of how a woman attempted to chart her own course as an artist in the male-dominated world of French society. Bashkirtseff's whole approach to life was that of an artist, with her very person itself being a work of art that was on exhibit for the world to see. The author's fascinating work examines the many ways that Bashkirtseff used the techniques of what she terms "disguise and disclosure" as she experimented with a variety of constructions of herself as a number of different characters over her short life. The twenty-six illustrations that have been included in this book will add greatly to its value.

About Author

Professor Louly Peacock Konz received her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a member of the faculty at Warren Wilson College.


Foreword by Mary D. Sheriff, Ph.D., Daniel W. Patterson Distinguished Term Professor and Art Department Chair, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC i; Acknowledgments v; Introduction 1; Family 6; Becoming an Artist 11; The Journal 13; Chapter One - The Mask of Purity 21; La Dame en Blanc 22; La Femme-Enfant 32; The White Monk 34; Eighteenth-Century Women 41; Chapter Two - The Masks in the Mirror 59; The Self in Mirrors and Photographs 59; Picturing Psyche 65; Ghostly Visions 74; Fragmented Mirrors and Body 83; Aging and Distance 89; Chapter Three - The Many Masks of the Grande Artiste 93; Women as Artists 94; Robespierre 96; The Artist in Her Studio 103; The Melancholy Artist 109; The Introspective Self-Portrait 118. Chapter Four - The Russian Ophelia 123; Deathbed Images 123; Marie as Ophelia 127; Press Accounts 142; Artist Elegies 147; Chapter Five - Sainte-Marie 157; Sinner and Saint 157; Sainte-Marie's Relics 164; Clothing and Shoes 168; The Tomb of the Artist 172; Conclusion 183; Notes 187; Bibliography 221; Index 235.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773460195
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 296
  • ID: 9780773460195
  • ISBN10: 0773460195

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